Bursitis in the shoulder is the name referred to the mass inflammation in the bursa area of the shoulder. This is the area around the ball and joint socket.
Once this flares up in pain, it can restrict movement and cause discomfort. Chiropractic can treat this without having to use pain medication.
Repetitive motion can lead to bursitis because fluid sacks become inflamed. The fluid sacks provide cushioning between the bones.
Some activities that could lead to bursitis of the shoulder include:
• Heavy-duty sweeping or raking
• Carpentry (manual or automatic sanding)
• Digging earth with a spade
• Scrubbing using elbow grease
• Certain sports (tennis, bowling, batting, fly fishing)
To some extent, yes, bursitis is preventable. Regular strengthening exercises will help to make the area more resistant to injury.
Try to avoid repetitive motion and take breaks between sessions of work involving repetitive motion.
• Restricted movement
• Pain around the shoulder area
• Pain when touching the shoulder
• Raising the elbows or arms to reach above head results in shoulder pain
Strong pain pills can help to manage swelling and pain but it may affect the stomach. Anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen are very strong. Some of the side-effects include stomach ulcers and pain.
Warm and cold press
Warm and cold treatments often have a positive effect on relieving pain and swelling.
Heat rubs and muscle ointments
Muscle rubs and ointments are ideal for treating pain and reducing swelling. Alternative medicine often relies on the healing power of massage therapy to help manage pain.
See a chiropractor
Chiropractic treatment includes bursitis exercises for the shoulder. Not only do the patients learn strengthening exercises, but also ways to avoid the injury.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and can help to reduce inflammation. This results in better pain management.
In the most severe cases of bursitis of the shoulder, some patients have to undergo surgery.
Chiropractic is a great form of alternative medicine to help treat bursitis because it is:
• Suitable for all ages
• Reduces the need to use pain medication
• Improves flexibility
Do you think you might have bursitis? Book your appointment with your professional chiropractor and get to the next step of being pain-free.